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Auto safety devices that can help seniors with older cars

 

Dear Savvy Senior, Do you know of any auto safety products that can help seniors with older cars? My 80-year-old father, who drives his beloved 2004 Toyota Avalon, is still a good pretty driver but he has limited range-of-motion, which makes looking over his shoulder to back-up or merge into traffic very difficult. —Inquiring Son Dear Inquiring, To help keep your dad safe and extend his driving years, there are a number of auto aids and new safety technology products that can be added to his car to help with various needs. Here are several to consider. Backup Aids To help your dad increase his visibility when backing up, a simple product that can be added to his car is an AllView Mirror ($60). This is an oversized rear view mirror that attaches to his existing mirror to widen his rear visibility and eliminate blind spots so he can see traffic without significant neck or body rotation. It also helps during parking. Another option is a backup camera. These come with a weatherproof, night vision camera, which attaches to the license plate on the rear of the car. When the car is in reverse, it sends live images wirelessly to a small monitor that mounts to the dash or windshield. The Yada Digital Wireless Backup Camera ($130) with 4.3" Dash Monitor is a good option. Or, if your dad doesn't want a monitor in his car, the Auto Vox Wireless Backup Camera ($140) is one that displays the images in a rearview mirror. Blind Spot Helpers To help your dad see better when switching lanes or merging into traffic, purchase your dad some "blind spot mirrors." These are small convex mirrors that would stick to the corner of his side view mirrors to improve side and rear vision. They can be purchased in any store that sells auto supplies for a few dollars. Or, for a high-tech more comprehensive solution, there's the Goshen Blind Spot Detection System ($225. This system uses small sensors installed on each side of the rear bumper that monitor the sides of the vehicle, and will alert your dad with a light indicator, installed inside the car, if any object detected within 10 feet.

 

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